Conservative peer Michael Grade is appointed Chair of Ofcom

Fellow Conservative Michael Grade has been confirmed as Ofcom’s next chairman until April 2026.

Culture Minister Nadine Dorries appointed the 79-year-old to the position on May 1, 2022 for four years.

The announcement comes after the former TV executive, who has held senior positions at the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, faced a pre-appointment hearing before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport selection committee on Thursday.


Lord Michael Grade appears before the DCMS committee earlier this week (House of Commons/PA)

The process of finding a suitable candidate to chair the UK broadcasting and telecoms regulator has faced a number of delays since it began two years ago.

During his career, Lord has been Grade Controller of BBC One, Chief Executive of Channel 4, Chairman of the BBC and Executive Chairman of ITV plc.

He sits as a Conservative peer in the House of Lords, having been appointed by David Cameron in 2011.

Lord Grade will take over from interim Ofcom Chair Maggie Carver and will serve a limited term until 30 April 2026. Conservative peer Michael Grade is appointed Chair of Ofcom

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